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Major Matt Mason by Mattel Italy

Simone (an Italian student living in the United States) wrote the following to John: "The Alien Base in the Major Matt Mason line truly existed; it was part of the MMM Italian releases by Mattel Italy for 1971. It was a variation of the Mexican Space Station, as far as I can tell; it came in an Italian box (artwork, no photos, everything written in Italian), and it read "Base Aliena" and something else under that, explaining that it was the home of Callisto. A Callistian base was featured on the very popular MMM comic strip that appeared in the Italian comic book "Corriere dei Piccoli" in 1969." Cool, huh?!

Paul then started off on a chase to find these comics which lasted more than half a year. Here's what he found:

MMM Introduction Advertisement 1968
This very attractive 2-page ad appeared in 3 consecutive issues of Topolino, the italian Mickey Mouse magazine.
Italian Mattel Logo Mattel S.P.A. Giocattoli Logo
Post toy distribution by Baravelli, Mattel used this logo in their Italian-specific marketing campaigns.
To the Translated Italian Comics Page! Italian Comic Corriere dei Piccoli 1969 featuring Major Matt Mason characters!
Finally, here's the first US appearance of the MMM strip from the comic. Check out the translations by Paul Vreede and the commentary at the bottom. New episodes added frequently. Enjoy!
This way to the Italian Ads Page Major Matt Mason ads from Corriere dei Piccoli (1969)
Once again Paul Vreede provides new images from the Italian comic Book Corriere dei Piccoli. Check out the vintage shots of Matt, Storm, Jeff and Doug!
Since finding the Italian Ads and Comics, other items have surfaced...
MMM Italian Speaking BackPack
This neat item was discovered by MMM collector Bill Ystrom. Italian Mattel Catalogue images from Paul Vreede.
SAAR Italian "Scorpio" Record
I picked up this unusual item late in 2000.

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